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Simple Savoury Herb Gravy

Add depth and flavour to your mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, and everything in between with this quick, simple, fuss-free gravy recipe.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Yield: Makes 1.5 cups


While we do love a good slow-cooked gravy- with onions, mushrooms, or other ingredients- we also love having a quick, simple, no-fuss option to throw on mashed potatoes, stamed veggies, or a big pile of oven fries! In addition to being easy to make, this gravy is low in sodium, so it's a great heart-healthy alternative to ready-made mixes.

You can experiment with different dried herbs in this recipe- sage, oregano and basil are all excellent additions. We usually make this with dried herbs for convenience, but you can use fresh rosemary and thyme instead if you like. Just add 3-4 whole sprigs of each, simmer the stock for an additional 5 minutes in step 1, and remove the herbs before adding the starch mixture in step 2.


  • 1.5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp. corn or arrowroot starch
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • Salt, to taste (optional)


  1. Combine vegetable stock and herbs in a small sauce pan. Bring liquid to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 7-8 minutes. 
  2. Combine the tablespoon of starch with the 2 tablespoons of water in a small jug or bowl, and whisk to combine. Add this to the broth, whisk through, and continue whisking the mixture over a medium heat for 30-45 seconds until it has thickened. 
  3. Remove pan from the heat, stir through the nutritional yeast and pepper, and season with a small amoutn of salt to taste (if needed). Serve immediately.

Note: Leftover gravy can be refrigerated for 3-4 days. However, when reheating, you may have to add more starch to thicken it. Mix an additional 2 teaspoons of corn or arrowroot starch with 1 tablespoon of water, and add this to the gravy when it's hot. Whisk until thickened, as in step 2 (above.)